Hi everyone, I was just wondering whether anyone gets frustrated with the amount they sleep, which then makes them sleep less? Let me explain... Take last night as an example. OK, so the hot weather doesn't help, but basically I went to bed and I was already (for some unknown reason) stressing about not going to sleep, possibly because I had already assumed that the hot weather was going to keep me awake. I then get into this really annoying routine where, if I started to doze off, my mind then notices I'm dozing off, and then that wakes me up again!! And it happens over and over and over and over and over (you get the idea) again, until eventually, hours later, one time I don't notice and I drift off to sleep. The longer it goes on the more stressed about not having enough sleep I get... I even had a day off today so it's not as if I had the pressure of needing to get up for work!! Problem is, after all this has happened I end up getting about 3 hours sleep, so I start worrying that the next night will be no better... and I have work tomorrow. It's a vicious cycle I guess and a damn frustrating and (ironically) tiring one as well.
Obviously all of this fuels the anxiety (things to me always seem more amplified when I'm tired) which can then... yeah... make you sleep less.
I was wondering whether this, or having sleep issues in general, was something common in anxiety sufferers? I used to get panic attacks at night-time too which obviously affected my sleep considerably, but this more recent trend is just driving me up the wall! An obsession with not sleeping leading to not sleeping... you couldn't make it up...